Last Updated on September 9, 2015 by bvnadmin
[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Massive demonstrations engulfed some of New York City’s busiest sections as protesters staged “die in” exhibitions and marches, objecting to a grand jury’s decision to not indict a police officer accused of killing Eric Garner on July 17. Protestors took to Grand Central Station, holding a mass “die in” where they laid down on the floor. Demonstrators marched through crowded streets, blocking of intersections and disrupting traffic. Hundreds of protestors also gathered in Times Square, many holdings signs and chanting.
A grand jury in Staten Island chose not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo who used a chokehold while Garner was being subdued and arrested. Footage of the ordeal was captured by bystanders with cellphone cameras, which went viral. Garner could be heard in the video complaining he could not breathe. He allegedly died as a result. Chokeholds were a banned maneuver by New York Police Department.
The demonstrations come just one week after another grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, accused of killing 19-year-old Michael Brown. The decision touched off both peaceful and violent protests throughout the U.S., and other countries.
In reaction to the recent police-involved cases, President Obama proposed on Monday $263 Million from congress to fund body cameras for police officers in light of the incident involving Brown.
At a press conference Wednesday, following the grand jury’s decision, Garner’s wife, Esaw, said she is “determined to get justice” for her husband.
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